Collaboration to Combat the Opioid Misuse Crisis

The latest edition of VHHA’s FOCUS monthly publication examines some of the community, government, and health care responses to the ongoing opioid abuse crisis that regrettably has already claimed many lives. Alongside stakeholders in the public and private sectors, Virginia’s local hospitals and health systems are engaged in clinical and education efforts to combat this…

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Virginia Hospital Week (May 8-14): #PatientsComeFirst

Ahead of Virginia Hospital Week 2016 (May 8-14), the latest edition of VHHA’s FOCUS publication spotlights a few of the innumerable positive, patient-centric stories that occur each day at Virginia’s local hospitals and health systems. The theme for Virginia Hospital Week 2016 is “Patients Come First.” VHHA will celebrate Hospital Week by highlighting a few…

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On the Brink: The Plight of Rural Virginia and its Hospitals

The October-November edition of VHHA’s FOCUS publication takes a closer look at the challenging economic plight of Virginia’s rural hospitals and the communities they serve. Rural hospitals are vitally important to their local communities as economic engines, major employers, and public health providers. Unfortunately, they face serious financial stress due to government decisions, funding cuts,…

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Virginia Hospitals: Our Lifeline

The September-October edition of VHHA’s FOCUS publication takes a closer look at the recently launched Virginia Hospitals: Our Lifeline public awareness campaign. It highlights the serious financial challenges confronting Virginia’s local hospitals and health systems due to government decisions, and how those challenges threaten the thousands of jobs, billions in economic contributions, and vital public…

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Perilous Times: The Serious Financial Stress on Virginia Hospitals

The article in the August edition of FOCUS explores the financial challenges facing Virginia hospitals and health systems as a result of systemic factors such as growing charity care, declining Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, and federal funding cuts. Even as health care providers face these external financial pressures, they must simultaneously meet costly new government-imposed…

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Trustees & Quality, The Buck Stops Here

Governing boards of hospitals and health systems are examining their responsibility for the quality of care delivered in their organizations with new vigor in the context of recent attention to medical errors and patient safety and the proliferation of patient safety initiatives. Organizational performance improvement begins with effective governance. This article describes the legal and…

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Stroke Care in Virginia, Improvements Underway and On the Way

Hospitals and health systems constantly strive to improve the quality and safety of patient care. In Virginia, stroke care has received significant attention in recent years from providers, patient advocates and policymakers. Despite recent improvements, the Commonwealth has a relatively high level of stroke incidence and mortality compared to national averages. This article will describe…

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